22 March 2012
REVIEW: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
It’s 1996 and less than half of all high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented for another eight years.
Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least they were up until last November, when everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When the two friends log on, they discover their profiles on Facebook.
And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
Everyone wonders what their destiny will be.
Josh and Emma are about to find out.
The Future of Us revolves around two best friends Josh and Emma who have been really close for most of their lives. However their friendship suffers after Josh misreads their closeness. Six months later, they still maintain a casual friendship and Josh gives her an AOL CD to install on her new computer. And that is when everything begins… they discover their Facebook profiles which show themselves 15 years in the future. Emma is puzzled to begin with while Josh thinks it is a prank. As the book continues, both Emma and Josh try to play around with their futures, will everything end up as they wish or will they stir up a disaster?
Overall, a very unique, worthwhile book which you should all read! It is certainly thought-provoking and made me realise that something little that we do now can really change and shape our future in a BIG way! And it was really intriguing to find out how teenagers ‘back then’ lived without computers, Facebook and mobile phones etc. Please read it, I’m sure you will love it! It’s perfect for teenagers, young adults and even adults who want to take a walk down memory lane!